One billion adults worldwide smoke cigarettes. Reports and data sources on this page provide information on prevalence rates, smoking trends, and social norms related to tobacco use for adults.
This CDC survey collects data on current smoking trends among adults (ages 18+) in the United States. The 2012 Summary Health Statistics Report includes information on distribution of current smokers, broken down by various demographic characteristics such as age, race, income, and health insurance status. Early release statistics for 2014 are available here.
This 2013 World Health Organization report examines in detail the two primary strategies to provide health warnings: labels on tobacco product packaging and anti-tobacco mass media campaigns. It provides a comprehensive overview of the evidence base for warning people about the harms of tobacco use.
The STATE System, developed by the CDC Office of Smoking and Health, is an interactive application that houses and displays current and historical state-level data on tobacco. Trend data, interactive maps, and state comparisons are available for topics such as legislation for indoor smoke-free policies, vending machines, smoke-free school campuses, and advertising restrictions.
The Tobacco theme page of the Global Health Observatory (GHO) features data from the MPOWER measures in the WHO Report on the Global Tobacco Epidemic 2011. MPOWER assists countries to implement effective strategies for selected demand reduction related articles of the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control.
The WHO STEPwise Approach to Surveillance (STEPS) is a simple, standardized method for collecting, analyzing, and disseminating data in WHO member countries. The Adult Risk Factor Surveillance Country Reports include data on smoking within each country.
The National Adult Tobacco Survey (NATS) was created to assess the prevalence of tobacco use, as well as the factors promoting and impeding tobacco use among adults. NATS also establishes a comprehensive framework for evaluating both the national and state-specific tobacco control programs. The NATS questionnaire is built around the Office of Smoking and Health’s Key Outcome Indicators (KOI) from each of the following four goal areas: preventing initiation of tobacco use among young people, eliminating nonsmokers’ exposure to secondhand smoke, promoting quitting among adults and young people, and identifying and eliminating tobacco-related disparities.